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Air strikes decimate ISIS forces fleeing Iraq's Fallujah

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:30 AM

US led coalition forces and the Iraqi military target massive convoys of Islamic State vehicles

epa05398818 A picture made available on 30 June 2016 shows an Iraqi soldier inspecting burnt trucks which was used by Islamic state militants after a heavy clashes with Iraqi forces near Amiriyat al-Fallujah town, southwest of of Fallujah city, western Iraq, 29 June 2016. The Iraqi forces destroyed a convoy of Islamic state group and killed at least 15 islamic state militants while they were trying to flee from Fallujah to desert, security officials said. EPA/NAWRAS AAMER ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

Iraq's Fallujah nearly cleared but aid effort flounders

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:30 PM

While Iraqi forces have been able to make significant progress against the Islamic State in the city of Fallujah a humanitarian crisis is unfolding

epa05381010 Iraqi displaced families build tents at a refugees camp held recently in western Fallujah city, 60 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, 21 June 2016. According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Iraqis fled their homes in Fallujah city due the ongoing fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) terror militia. EPA/NAWRAS AAMER

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Iraq faces humanitarian disaster after Fallujah breakthrough

Jun 19, 2016 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Tens of thousands of civilians from the city of Fallujah are displaced as Iraqi government forces battle the Islamic State

Displaced Iraqis from the city of Fallujah rest at a safe zone on June 17, 2016 in Amiriyiah al-Fallujah, after they were evacuated by Iraqi government forces due to their ongoing military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State (IS) group. Iraqi forces raised the national flag over the government compound in Fallujah on June 17, 2016, top commanders said, a breakthrough in the nearly four-week-old offensive against the Islamic State group's bastion. Significant parts of northern Fallujah, where thousands of civilians are believed to remain, have yet to be retaken. Amriyat al-Fallujah is located some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Fallujah. / AFP PHOTO / MOADH AL-DULAIMI

Iraq forces hunt ISIS in Fallujah and eye Mosul

Jun 19, 2016 - 8:28 AM

Fallujah is the latest in a string of battlefield losses for ISIS which has seen its two year old caliphate shrink significantly in recent months

Iraqi government forces patrol the center of the city of Fallujah on June 18, 2016 as they hunt down holdout jihadists after retaking the Islamic State (ISIS) group's last remaining major hub in Iraq. Stringer/AFP

Trap tightens on civilians as battles rage in Iraq's Fallujah

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Three weeks of fighting has forced tens of thousands from their homes

FORWARD. Iraqi government forces drive their armored vehicles during an operation, backed by air support from the US-led coalition, in Fallujah's southern Shuhada neighborhood to retake the area from the Islamic State (IS) group on June 15, 2016. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

ISIS kills 18 civilians trying to flee Fallujah

Jun 12, 2016 - 11:30 PM

The fatalities who come from two families are killed as they approach Al Salam intersection

epa05357972 Iraqi forces trucks advance during a military operation in western Fallujah city, west of Iraq, 11 June 2016. According to Iraqi officials, Iraqi troops backed by airstrikes carried out by the international anti-IS coalition to liberate Nassaf area west of Fallujah city, from the hands of the Islamic State (IS). EPA/NAWRAS AAMER

Rebel fighters roll back ISIS in northern Syria

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:25 AM

The rebels reopen a key supply route linking Marea and Azaz their two main bastions in Aleppo

A man walks on the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held Shaar neighbourhood of the northern city Aleppo on June 8, 2016. Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods of the divided second city Aleppo killed at least 15 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  The monitoring group said at least 10 of the dead came in strikes just outside the Al-Bayan clinic in the Shaar neighbourhood. / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Civilians die trying to flee Iraq's besieged Fallujah

Jun 06, 2016 - 9:40 PM

Civilians desperate to flee Fallujah dodge sniper fire from ISIS which is keen to keep its human shields inside the city as Iraqi forces close

ESCAPE. Members of the Iraqi government forces help people who fled the violence in their village of Saqlawiyah, north west of Fallujah, carry their belongings at a military point outside their village, on June 3, 2016. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

Iraq's Fallujah operation slowed by civilians, ISIS resistance

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:55 PM

Around 50 000 civilians are believed to be trapped in Fallujah where the Islamic State has set up really tough defense systems to counter Iraqi soldiers

epa05329063 Iraqi military trucks take up position during a military operation southwest of Fallujah city, western Iraq on 25 May 2016. The Iraqi Army on 23 May began an offensive to take back the city of Fallujah, located around 50 kilometers east of Baghdad in the western province of Al Anbar, from the hands of the Islamic State (IS). EPA/NAWRAS AAMER

Iraq forces push into streets of ISIS-held Fallujah

May 30, 2016 - 10:42 AM

UPDATED Iraqi forces enter the Islamic State ISIS group bastion of Fallujah from 3 directions in a new phase of the operation to recapture the city

ONWARD TO FALLUJAH. Iraq's counter-terrorism service (CTS) reach al-Sejar village in Iraq's Anbar province, on the boundaries of Fallujah, on May 28, 2016, as they take part in a major assault to retake the city of Fallujah, from the Islamic State (ISIS) group. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Dire conditions for civilians trapped in Iraq's Fallujah – UN

May 26, 2016 - 6:55 PM

The United Nations estimates there are still 50 000 civilians in Fallujah where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State for control

epa05326774 An Iraqi man inspects his car that was damaged after an alleged government missile attack, in Fallujah city, 50 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, 24 May 2016. The Iraqi Army on 23 May began an offensive to liberate the city of Fallujah, located around 50 kilometers east of Baghdad in the western province of Al Anbar, from the hands of the Islamic State (IS). EPA/STR

Iraq forces begin assault on ISIS bastion Fallujah

May 23, 2016 - 9:53 AM

4th UPDATE The fight to recapture the jihadist bastion which has been out of government control for nearly 2 1 2 years will be one of the toughest in Iraq s war against ISIS

Iraqi security forces gather on the outskirts of Fallujah as they prepare an operation aimed at retaking the city from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, on May 22, 2016. AFP photo   Iraqi forces have in recent days been massing around Fallujah, a city which lies only 50 kilometres west of Baghdad and which has been out of government control since January 2014. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Heavy clashes, suicide bombings kill 36 in north Iraq

Jun 07, 2014 - 1:11 PM

Violence is running at its highest levels since 2006 2007 when tens of thousands were killed in sectarian conflict between Iraq s Shiite majority and Sunni Arab minority

Fighting in Iraq's Anbar forces 500,000 to flee – UNHCR

Jun 07, 2014 - 9:47 AM

The UN agency says a special apeal to help the victims of the crisis was launched in March but has only gathered 12 of the 26 4 million 19 million euro needed

Iraq using barrel bombs, hitting Fallujah hospital: HRW

May 27, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Iraqi authorities deny the claims while Human Rights Watch adds the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant jihadist group may also be inflicting abuses

Iraq forces launch assault near Fallujah, 11 killed

May 09, 2014 - 10:54 PM

A tribal leader says shelling and clashes began in and around Fallujah about 3am 0000 GMT on Friday May 9 and continued for hours

PM 'certain' of victory as Iraqis stream to polls despite unrest

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED The two days preceding the election saw about 90 people killed in a spate of shootings and bombings

THIRD TERM? In this photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks at the opening of counter-terrorism conference in Baghdad, Iraq last March 12, 2014. File photo by Karim Kadim/Pool/EPA

UN's Ban urges Iraq to address 'root causes' of unrest

Jan 14, 2014 - 7:04 AM

But Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki insists the Anbar unrest was not due to internal problems and that dialogue with militants is not an option

In this file photo, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference in Manila, Philippines, 22 December 2013. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Iraqis return to Fallujah as UN backs fight with extremists

Jan 12, 2014 - 9:23 AM

Most businesses reopen in Fallujah while government security operations in nearby areas were put on hold

SHOPPING IN FALLUJAH. Fallujah residents shop for vegetables at a market in Fallujah city, western Iraq, 09 January 2014. Mohammed Jalil/EPA

UN Council backs Iraq gov't against militants

Jan 11, 2014 - 8:56 AM

The 15 nation council strongly supports efforts of the Iraqi government to retake cities from Al Qaeda linked militants

IN THE WAKE OF VIOLENCE. A picture taken with a mobile phone on January 3, 2014 shows people in a street with empty bullets on the groud following fighting between Islamist jihadists and Iraqi special forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Azhar Shallal

US pressure mounts on Iraqi premier amid Al-Qaeda surge

Jan 09, 2014 - 1:24 PM

More than 13 000 families have fled the militant held city of Fallujah as masked gunmen hold the city which is locked in a days long standoff with the army

INSURGENCY. Members of Albu Alwan tribe protest against the military operation in Fallujah city, western Iraq, 07 January 2014. The banner (C) reads in Arabic 'Albu Alwan tribe prevents the entry of the army into Fallujah'. Mohammed Jalil/EPA

Iraq delays Fallujah assault as 29 killed in Ramadi

Jan 07, 2014 - 11:29 PM

Iraqi troops will delay assaulting the militant held city of Fallujah an officer says citing fear of civilian casualties

VIOLENCE. Clashes between Jihadists and Iraqi forces backed by tribesmen in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, break out on Jan 1, 2014. AFP file photo

Iraq PM urges Fallujah to expel militants to avoid assault

Jan 06, 2014 - 3:56 PM

UPDATED Iraq is preparing a major attack to retake Fallujah which has been outside government control for days while parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi farther west are also held by Al Qaeda linked fighters

VIOLENCE. Clashes between Jihadists and Iraqi forces backed by tribesmen in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, break out on Jan 1, 2014. AFP file photo

Iran ready to help Iraq battle Al-Qaeda: military chief

Jan 06, 2014 - 12:57 AM

Both Iran and Iraq are predominantly Shiite Muslim nations and their governments have strengthened political and economic ties in recent years

Iraq readying 'major attack' to retake Fallujah

Jan 05, 2014 - 9:05 PM

Iraq s ground forces commander said that the city should wait for what is coming – a reference to the impending assault

Iraq's Fallujah falls to Qaeda-linked militants

Jan 04, 2014 - 7:05 PM

Two years after US forces withdraw from Iraq the power of militants in the province of Anbar is again rising

More than 100 die as Iraq forces battle Al-Qaeda

Jan 04, 2014 - 7:54 AM

The worst violence to hit Iraq in 5 years is said to be driven by anger at the Shiite led government among the Sunni minority

IN THE WAKE OF VIOLENCE. A picture taken with a mobile phone on January 3, 2014 shows people in a street with empty bullets on the groud following fighting between Islamist jihadists and Iraqi special forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Azhar Shallal

Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008

Jan 01, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Violence in Iraq has reached its worst level 5 years according to figures released on January 1

NEW YEAR.  An Iraqi woman carries a load on her head on New Year's day in the capital Baghdad, January 1, 2014. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP Photo